Lie 2: The playcalling cost the Jaguars the win vs. the Chiefs
Prior to the opener, the news broke that offensive coordinator Press Taylor would be calling the plays while head coach Doug Pederson oversaw other areas of the team on game day. In 2022, Taylor took over play-calling in the second half of games, so this seemed like the natural progression. He did a good job last year, so it was fair that he would do it on a full-time basis.
Against the Colts, the Jaguars scored 31 points. However, they only mustered nine against the Chiefs in Week 2, and the play-calling was partially responsible for the team's inability to reach the end zone. Following the game, Pederson defended the decision, emphasizing a need to coach players better.
"Sometimes, it's not about the plays," Pederson said. "We have to coach the plays better, so they guys know what to do, and how to react to what the defense is presenting. But I learned a long time ago that players play this football game and coaches coach. If we coach better, the players will ultimately play better. Starts with us. We're going to value everything and make sure that we're putting our guys in the right places but Press did a nice job today."
Pederson is right. Maybe Taylor could've had a better pass-run ratio but he wasn't the one dropping passes or overthrowing them. The truth is that Trevor Lawrence's accuracy was off, especially in the end zone. Similarly, the receivers weren't able to come down with a couple passes that would've been good for either a first down or a touchdown.
The bottom line is that the Jaguars' offense wasn't good enough in Week 2 and they'll need to do their part to avoid having a game like that moving forward.